Kiwimana Drone Management Frames For Sale!!!!

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We have listed the Drone Management Frames we built on Trademe, if you are interested check out the auction by clicking on the link below:-

TradeMe Auction fro Kiwimana Drone Management Frames

Here is some information about the frame.

In the battle against the Varroa destructor mite beekeepers needs a few tricks to help combat theses nasty parasites.

One tool is Drone Brood Management, this is an organic practice of culling drones from this specially built frame every 24 days or when you notice the frame has been capped.

The female Varroa Mites prefer Drone brood due to the increased gestation period; Drone brood is 8-10 times more attractive to a female mite. So culling the drones on this frame is part of a program to naturally reduce mites in your hive.

We recommend you have one frame per brood box. The tops of the frames are coloured green to make them easier to spot in your hive. The colouring is a food grade colouring.

These frames are full-sized Langstroth frames with a plastic frame in the top section. You use your hive tool to remove the capped drones below the top section on inspection. The bees normally use the top part of the frame to store food for the brood.

The Frame comes with full instructions and is brand new.

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About Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop. He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping. Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment. He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.

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7 Responses to Kiwimana Drone Management Frames For Sale!!!!

  1. It is such a great idea. Organic beekeeping is really making a comeback.

    • Gary says:

      Thanks Willy for the positive feedback, yep I agree Organic is the way to go if you can. Since the mites are becoming resistant to chemicals anyway.

      Thanks…Gary

  2. Coyote3D says:

    I Gary,

    What’s the theory?

    The bees will see the gap, and build it up with and fill with drone comb, which will naturally be more attractive to the mites, so you can drop their numbers by just chopping it off once it’s capped and let the bees/mites start again?

    My last inspection (on my blog now) I kind of had that problem, put the wrong size frame in, and looking at the frame, pretty sure they’ve gone and put drone in it.

    Max.
    SouthBees.com

    • Gary says:

      Thanks Max for the comment.

      Yes that’s correct in a hive with no foundation bees will make brood comb in the percentages required for Drones and Worker bees. Most hives are very low on space for drone brood, so any gap as in the Kiwimana Drone Management frame will fill up with Drone Brood.

      One of the interesting things we have discovered is that in the honey supers the bees make large cells as well, hence more honey and less wax. So good for everyone… :)

      Thanks…Gary

  3. This is an interesting idea. Would the frames fit national hives?

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